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It took years for Top Dawg En­ter­tain­ment to find their foot­ing in R&B, but be­tween SiR’s Her Too and SZA’s break­out ef­fort Ctrl, the la­bel fi­nally hit their stride in 2017. SiR’s Novem­ber builds on last year’s mo­men­tum and es­tab­lishes the In­gle­wood crooner as TDE’s quiet force. It’s mel­low and un­der­stated, but there’s a con­fi­dent un­der­cur­rent on Novem­ber that’s hard to miss. SiR show­cases his quiet edge on stand­out “Some­thing For­eign” and de­liv­ers a com­mand­ing per­for­mance on the lush, soul­ful bal­lad “Sum­mer in Novem­ber.” “Some­thing New” is a flaw­less duet fea­tur­ing Bri­tish chanteuse Etta Bond, and “War” ex­pertly re­vives the shame­less beg­ging that gave ’90s R&B its charm. SiR’s fu­sion of old

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